Jul 31

Clues from the Heading & Salutation of a Partial Letter

While consolidating the voluminous mass of paper in my family files recently,  I came across a copy of one page of a letter with the salutaion “Dear Neice [Niece].” The author of the letter told of the cold winter in Montana and the hard ground that was not plowable.
Image of the salutation of a addressed to Florence M Woodward

Who was this mystery writer? I knew of no family members going west to Montana. Immediately I though about the adventuresome brothers of Florence’s mother, Laura Davis. Several of Laura’s siblings had vanished from New Hampshire by 1860. I’d found two of Laura’s brothers, Albe C Davis and George Davis, and a brother-in-law, Jeremiah Judkins, in the records of the Bureau of Land Management obtaining homesteads in Stearns County, Minnesota [see my blog post, “From NH to Minnesota in a Conestoga Wagon,” written July 1st, 2013]. They were identified in the 1860 federal census of Stearns County as well [1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Stearns County, Minnesota, page 64; National Archives microfilm M653, reel 574].

My approach was to check the 1900 census for Davis families in or around Livingston [Park County], Montana. I was not disappointed. On the 4 June, a Albe C Davis (born in New Hampshire and of the correct age) was enumerated in Muir, Park County, Montana, with his wife and a boarder[1900 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Park County, Montana, Enumeration District 74, sheet 2A, dwelling 18, family 18, lines 4-6; National Archives microfilm T623, reel 913; viewed on Ancesstry.com 30 July 2015]. The enumerator also recorded that Albe and Sarah had been married five years and that she was the mother of two children both of whom were still living. Because Sarah would have been about forty-three when the couple married, I suspect that her children were from a previous relationship and both were likely old enough to be out on their own.

At FamilySearch.org I found a marriage record for Albe C. Davis and a Sarah J. Smith at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Livingston by JF Prichard, rector of St. Andrews on 15 October 1894 by   [“Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F33V-V7F : accessed 30 July 2015]. I know this is “my uncle” Albe C. Davis. On the marriage record his father is listed as Lewis Davis, but his mother is called Nancy Lyons rather than Nancy Glines.

Florence M Woodward, daughter of Daniel Russell Woodward and Laura Davis, was born 28 June 1877. Florence died young on the 21st of December 1893.

Image of part of a letter addressed to Florence M Woodward

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Jul 30

12th Regiment Reunion, Gilmanton Iron Works, 25 Sep 1885

Life gets in the way sometimes – broken limbs with complications, getting ready for retirement, and embracing a Digital SLR camera complete with taking a series of continuing education classes through the University of North Georgia. Life is also taking me in another direction as I prepare for the expected full time company of my dear sister when she moves in with me sometime this fall. That preparation  is leading me to new discoveries.

All family historians need to de-clutter now and then and throughly go through there family files. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some documents you’ve forgotten you ever had, some of which have never been analyzed for historical clues.Image of a man wearing a suit found in a clothing advertisement, W.D. Middleton Store, Laconia, New Hampshire, September 25, 1885.

This morning, I located a four page publication, The Haversack, published at Gilmanton Iron Works [New Hampshire] on the 25th of September 1885.

The first page contained details of the reunion of the 12th Regiment including the itinerary for the event—parade, address by Miss Cora R. Gale (one of my shirttail relatives), a grand campfire in the evening, etc. The great event also provided brief articles on the known members who had passed, as well as a list surviving comrades, including company, and community of residence. I don’t have any direct ancestors that served in the 12th Regiment, but the paper is an interesting read.

The image on the left is part of an advertisement for the line of clothing at the W.D. Middleton establishment in Laconia, New Hampshire.

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Oct 31

World War II Marine: Oscar H Woodward, Jr

 

 

 

 

During World War II, my Dad, Oscar H Woodward Jr., Here are a couple of photos. I’m so lucky that date and surname ID were written on the back.

April 4, 1945

Front row – left to right: Lindsay, Yanchaik, Zuffanti, Miller

Row II – left to right: OH [Oscar H. Woodward, Jr.], Adams, Arnett, Alden, Wilkinson

Oscar H. Woodward, Jr., with group of other Marines, WW II

 

 

Oscar H. Woodward, Jr., with group of other Marines, WW II

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Sep 06

52 Ancestors, Week #35: Captain Daniel Gale

Captain Daniel Gale (1739–1801) was my fourth great grandfather who removed from Kingston, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, where most of his children were born, to Gilmanton, Strafford County, New Hampshire,[1] about 1780.

Daniel’s probate files are located in Strafford County, New Hampshire and consist of his will, nomination of executors, and an inventory of his estate.[2]

Daniel penned his last will and testament on the 3rd of October 1801. Witnesses to the will were Isaac Smith, Joseph Parsons, and Edward Colcorde. Daniel appointed his son Stephen and his wife Patience, joint executors and distributed his estate in the following manner:[3]

  1. “… to my beloved wife Patience, the use and improvement of my homestead with all the buildings, privileges & appurtenances thereunto belonging during her natural Life except the south easterly end of the Lot which I have deeded to my son Daniel… to my wife all my personal estate my stock farming tools, wearing apparel and every moveable she paying my debts out of the same.”
  2. “… my executor should pay in one year after my decease two dollars a piece to each of my four daughters viz To my daughter Tilton, Mrs., to my daughter Potter, Mrs. [Shuah] to my daughter Richardson, Mrs. [Betty] & to my daughter Pearly, Mrs. … It is my will that my household goods should be equally divided among my above mentioned daughters.”
  3. “… my executor should pay in one year after my decease one dollar a piece to each of my sons (viz)” Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, & Stephen.
  4. “… to my son Stephen after the decease of his mother all my homestead as above mentioned…”

Daniels will was proven on the 26th of October,[4] and on the same day, “Patience Gale and Stephen Gale, junior yeoman were nominated and allowed to be executors of the last will and testament of Daniel Gale late of Gilmanton deceased who gave bond in the Sum of two thousand Dollars…”[5]

On the 12th of November 1801, an inventory of Daniel’s estate was conducted by Benjamin Page, Peter Folsom, 3d, and Samuel Shepard who appraised the estate at over fourteen hundred dollars.[6] He appears to have had a substantial home (including a desk) and crops, as well as a pew in the Meeting House in the Second Parish in Gilmanton.

Daniel Gale. Born on 2 September 1739 in Kingston; died in Gilmanton, on 10 November 1801 and was buried in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton.[7]

On 29 May 1760 Daniel married Patience Eastman, daughter of Joseph Eastman & Patience Smith, in Kingston.[8] Patience was born on 14 Dec 1738 perhaps in Kingston; and died in Gilmanton, in May 1804.

They had the following children:

  1. Jacob Gale. Born on 5 October 1762 in Kingston; and married Mary Rowell, 5 April 1787.[9]
  2. Joseph Gale. Born on 30 October 1764 in Kingston; and married Sarah Smith, 16 April 1789.[10]

iii.        Shuah Gale. Born on 28 March 1767 in Kingston (twin of Daniel); and married Thomas Potter, 29 September 1793 at the Smith Meeting House in Gilmanton. [11]

  1. Daniel Gale (1767-1829). Please see blog #34 Daniel Gale of Kingston & Gilmanton, N.H.
  2. Stephen Gale. Born 10 April 1774, in Kingston;[12] and died in Gilmanton, 8 January 1832. Stephen and Lois were buried at the Smith Meeting House Cemetery.[13] The couple had seven children.
  3. Susannah Gale. Born in Kingston; probably married a Tilton/Felton or Pearly.[14]

vii.        Mary Gale. Born in Kingston; probably married a Tilton/Felton or Pearly.[15]

viii.        Elizabeth (Betty) Gale. Born in Kingston; and probably married Jeremiah Richardson in March 1796.[16]

Future Research

Property records for Straffod County, New Hampshire, need to be searched for reference to the Gale and Eastman families around the Gilmington area.

Captain Daniel Gale may have participated in the Revolutionary War. A Daniel Gale who enlisted 25 June 1779,[17] but it is not known whether this is my ancestor. Obviously a lot of research needs to be conducted to sort through the various Daniel Gales.

 

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Notes

[1] The town of Gilmanton was established as part of Strafford County, New Hampshire, but in 1840, it became a part of Belknap County which was created from Strafford County.

[2] Strafford County, New Hampshire, Probate Records 1801–1803, Volume 7; Family History Library microfilm #164,175, item 2. Hereinafter cited as Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7.

[3] Will of Daniel Gale, Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 82-83.

[4] Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 112.

[5] Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 84.

[6] Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 320-322.

[7] Mary Lovering Holman, Margaret Forney, Germaine G. Guiot, and Winifred Lovering, Death Records from the Smith Meeting House Burial Ground (Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Typescript, n.d.), 265. Hereinafter cited as Death Records from the Smith Meeting House Burial Ground.

[8] Daniel Lancaster, The Story of Gilmanton, Embracing the Genealogical and Miscellaneous History from the First Settlement to the Present Time; Including What Is Now Gilford to the Time It Was Disannexed (Gilmanton, New Hampshire: Alfred Prescott, 1845), 265. Hereinafter cited as The Story of Gilmanton.

[9] The Story of Gilmanton, 265.

[10] The Story of Gilmanton, 265.

[11] Mary Lovering Holman, Winifred Holman and others, Records from the First Book of the Smith Meeting House Gilmanton, New Hampshire, 1775-1819; and Cemetery Records from Gilmanton, Barnstead, Salem Centre, N.H., etc. (Salt Lake City: Typescript, n.d.), 37

[12] The Story of Gilmanton, 265.

[13] Tombstone of Stephen Gale and Lois P, his wife, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road); viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[14] Will of Daniel Gale, Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 82-83.

[15] Will of Daniel Gale, Strafford County Probate Records, Volume 7: 82-83.

[16] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11874-74981-92?cc=1520640 : accessed 06 Sep 2014), 004243166 > image 2408 of 5058; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[17] Isaac W. Hammond, editor, Rolls and Documents Related to Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, Volume III (Manchester, New Hampshire: State of New Hampshire, 1887), 13,

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Sep 04

52 Ancestors, Week #34: Daniel Gale of Kingston & Gilmanton, N.H.

Daniel Gale (1767-1829) was my third great grandfather who removed from Kingston, Rockingham County, New Hampshire as a young adult and settled in Gilmanton, Strafford County.[1]

Daniel Gale. Born on 28 March 1767 in Kingston, son of Capt. Daniel Gale and Patience Eastman; [2] and died in Gilmanton, on 26 March 1829.[3]

On 5 August 1790 Daniel married Dolly Smith, daughter of Dr. William Smith & Betsey Batchelder, in the Smith Meeting House, Gilmanton. Dolly was born on 17 January 1764;[4] and died in Gilmanton on 10 February 1853.

They had the following children:

  1. Betsey. Born in Gilmanton; married Samuel Smith; and died on 11 Dec 1884 in Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.8
  2. Susannah. Born in Gilmanton; married Francis Ayer in Belmont, Strafford County on 3 February 1824.9

iii.      Ebenezer. Born in Gilmanton, and married a woman called Catharine.

  1. Dorothy “Dolly” Gale. Born in Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.
  2. Robert Smith Gale. Born in 1804 in Gilmanton; died on 16 January 1894;[5] and was buried at Smith Meeting House. [6] He married Betsey Peaslee who died on 24 November 1870 and was buried at Smith Meeting House.[7] Robert and Betsy had at four known children: George A. Gale, Daniel Edwin Gale, Laura A. Gale, and Martha J. Gale.
  3. William Smith. Born on 24 December 1790 in Gilmanton.10

vii.      Daniel C. Gale. He married a woman called Mary Ellen (surname unknown). They had one child, Mary Gale.

viii.      Eliphalet Gale. Born on 16 December 1806;[8] and died 16 April 1891[9]. For additional information please see 52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks, #24 Eliphalet Gale.

Daniel wrote his will on 23 March 1829 just a few days before his death. In the will he made the following bequeaths:[10]

  1. “…to my beloved Wife Dolly Gale the one half of all the dwelling house that I now live in, in Gilmanton … meaning the east front room and equal to one half of the kitchen to do her washing in also for baking in the oven and other house work usually done in a kitchen also one third part of the Cellar with the privilege to pass to and from the same also one half of the chamber that is in the east end of the house with a privilege to pass to and from the same where they are now used _ also one half of the front entry also a privilege to the well for water and a privilege in the door yards to keep wood in also to be paid her yearly ten bushels of Indian corn and five bushels of wheat and fifteen bushels of potatoes and garden same as she may need for her own use and one hog for her Pork also two Cows and two sheep to be furnished and kept for her own use and benefit also wood hauled to the door sufficient to keep one fire also the use of a horse and sleigh by winter and wagon by summer to visit friends also all the household furniture that may be in the house at my decease to be at her disposal at her decease to be performed by my Executors hereafter named during her natural life.”
  2. “…to my son William Smith Gale five dollars and no more he having received his share before”
  3. “…to my daughters Betsey Smith Gale fifty Dollars in money to be paid her by my executors in six months after my decease also a privilege in my dwelling house that is one half of the west front room also a privilege in the oven to bake and one sixth part of the Cellar and a privilege to go to and from the same through the kitchen and one quarter part of the front entry which privileges are to remain until she may marry and no Longer.”
  4. ”… my son Daniel Gale one quarter part of a forty acre lot in Gilmanton in said County being lot numbered thirty one in the second range of forty acre lots in said Town in common undivided to him and his heirs and assigns forever.”
  5. “… my son Ebenezer Gale one quarter part of a forty acre lot in said Town and County being lot numbered thirty one in the second range of forty acre lots in said Town in common undivided to him and his heirs and assigns forever.”
  6. “… my daughter Susanna Ayres sixteen Dollars in money to be paid her in six months after my decease by my Executors…”
  7. “… my daughter Dorothy Gale fifty Dollars in money to be paid her by my Executors in six months after my decease also a privilege in my dwelling house that is the one half of the west front room also a privilege in the oven to bake bread and one sixth part of the Cellar and a privilege to go to and from the same through the kitchen and one quarter part of the front entry which privileges to remain until she shall Marry and no longer.”
  8. “… to my sons Robert Smith Gale and Eliphalet Gale all the rest residue and remainder of my real Estate situate in Gilmanton aforesaid together will [with] all my Personal Estate remaining after payment of all my Just debts they paying, and complying with all the legacies as above described to have and to hold the same to them and their heirs and assigns forever.”

Witness to the will (proven on16 April 1829 in Sanbornton) were Peter Judkins, John Nelson and Abraham Parsons Jr.

Smith Meeting House Cemetery Gilmanton, New HampshireDaniel and Dolly (Smith) Gale were buried in the Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[11]

Future Research

From Daniel’s will we know that he owned 40 acres in Gilmanton and also his residence. It is unclear if the residence was upon the 40 acres or if Daniel had two separate parcels. When he died in 1829 the land would have been located in Strafford County, New Hampshire. It would be beneficial to search the Strafford County Deeds.

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Notes

[1] The town of Gilmanton was established as part of Strafford County, New Hampshire, but in 1840, it became a part of Belknap County which was created from Strafford County.

[2] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 155. Hereinafter cited as History of the Town of Canterbury.

[3] Tombstone of Daniel Gale and Dolly, his wife, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road), viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991. Hereinafter cited as Tombstone of Daniel Gale and Dolly, his wife.

[4] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 155.

[5] Tombstone of Robert S. Gale, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road), viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991. Hereafter cited as Tombstone of Robert S. Gale.

[6] Tombstone of Robert S. Gale.

[7] Tombstone of Betsey, wife of R.S. Gale, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road), viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[8] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 156..

[9] Obituary of Eliphalet Gale, Rays of Light Penacook, New Hampshire, 23 April 1891.

[10] Will of Daniel Gale, Strafford County, New Hampshire, Probate Records, 1828–1830, Volume 39:240–243; Family History Library microfilm 16,489.

[11] Tombstone of Daniel Gale and Dolly, his wife, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road), viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

 

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Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #33: John Prescott of Yorkshire, England, Barbados, Watertown, & Lancaster

John Prescott, one of my eightth great grandfathers, immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1640 from Halifax, Yorkshire, England, by way of Barbados.[1] John resided a short time in Watertown before becoming one of the earliest settlers of what became known as Lancaster.

Lancaster was originally8

John Prescott. Probably born in Lancashire, England. He married, 11 April 1629, in Halifax Parish of Yorkshire, England, Mary Platts of Yorkshire.[2] John died in Lancaster in 1681 (nuncupative will proved 20 December 1681).[3] Weis states that John Prescott “was name in his father’s [Ralph Prescott] will, 1608; made his own will 1673, proved 4 April 1682; died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, December 1681, and was buried in the Old Settlers’ Burial Field there.”[4]

John Prescott and Mary Platts had eight known children.[5]

i.      Mary Prescott. Baptized 24 February 1630 at Sowerby in the parish of Halifax in Yorkshire, England; married 1648, Thomas Sawyer of Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

ii.      Martha Prescott. Baptized 11 March 1632 at Sowerby; married, 1654,  John Rugg;[6] and died 24 January 1656 in Lancaster. John married, second, Martha’s sister, Hannah Prescott.

iii.      John Prescott. Baptized 1 April 1635 at Sowerby; and married, in Lancaster, 11 November 1668, a woman named Sarah [probably Sarah Heyward];

iv.      Sarah Prescott. Baptized 1637 at Sowerby; and married, first, 2nd day of the 6th month, 1658 Richard Wheeler of Lancaster; [7] and married, second Mr. Rice.

v.      Hannah Prescott. Baptized 1639; married, first, 2 August 1658, Richard Wheeler; married 2nd, 4 May 1660, John Rugg widower of her sister, Martha Prescott; and Hannah died during the massacre of 11 September 1697. [8]

vi.      Lydia Prescott. Born 15 August 1641 at Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony; married, first, 28 May 1658, Jonas Fairbanks of Lancaster; and married, second, Elias Barron following the death of Jonas (killed by Indians during the massacre in February 1676).

vii.      Jonathan Prescott. Born about 1643, perhaps in Barbados; married four times; died 5 December 1721. See blog 52 Ancestors, Week 32: Jonathan Prescott.

viii.      Jonas Prescott; Born in June 1648 at Lancaster; and married 14 December 1672, Mary Loker. Jonas settled and raised his family in Groton. Jonas and Mary had twelve known children: Mary, Elizabeth, Jonas, Nathaniel, Dorothy, James, Sarah, Abigail, Martha, Susannah, Deborah, and Benjamin.

Future Research

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families. It should be noted that the town of Lancaster, Massachusetts, was “Settled 1643. In 1653 the General Court ordered that Nashaway be called Prescott, that it be called West Towne, and finally that it be called Lancaster.”[9] Lancaster is currently in Worcester County, but was originally part of Middlesex County. Lancaster has several daughter towns: Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Harvard, Lancaster, Leominster, Shrewsbury, and Sterling.[10]

Since Weis states, “John Prescott “was named in his father’s [Ralph Prescott] will, 1608; made his own will 1673, proved 4 April 1682; died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, December 1681, and was buried in the Old Settlers’ Burial Field there,”[11] it would be prudent to search for copies of those particular documents.

Study Middlesex County Probate Records to locate additional family evidence.

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 41–44 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Frederick Lewis Weis, Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, Founder of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1645, From Alfred the Great, King of England, 871901 (Dublin, New Hampshire: n.p., 1957), 28 (hereinafter cited as Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott).

[3] Henry S. Nourse, Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Lancaster, Massachusetts: n.p., 1890), 20.

[4] Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, 28.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 46. John and Mary may have had a son called Joseph about 1846/6, but according to William Prescott, Joseph has not be convincingly documented.

[6] Henry S. Nourse, editor, The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643–1725 (1884 Reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993), 320 (hereinafter cited as Early Records of Lancaster).

[7] Early Records of Lancaster, 320.

[8] Early Records of Lancaster, 326.

[9] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th edition edited by Michael J. Leclerc (Boston: The Society, 2012), 211 (hereinafter cited as Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research).

[10] Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 211.

[11] Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, 28.

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Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #32: Jonathan Prescott of Lancaster & Concord, Massachusetts

Jonathan Prescott was one of my seventh great grandfathers was the son of my immigrant ancestor John Prescott and Mary Platts. Capt. Jonathan Prescott was a resident of Lancaster, Massachusetts, and later a resident of Concord, Middlesex County. He was a militia captain

Jonathan Prescott. Birth date and place unknown, but he may have been born in Watertown about 1643;[1] married first, 3 June 1670, a woman called Dorothy on the 3rd day of the 6th month, 1670 (she died in 1674[2]);[3] married, second Elizabeth Hoar of Concord, 23 December 1675;[4] married, third, Mrs. Rebecca (Wheeler) Bulkley, widow of Peter Bulkley, Jr., 18 December 1689;[5] married, fourth, Ruth Brown on 18 August 1718;[6] and died, 5 December 1721.[7]

Jonathan Prescott and Dorothy had three known children.[8]

i.        A child. Born 2 May 1671; [9] and died the same day (2nd day of the 3rd month 1671).[10]

ii.        Jonathan Prescott. Born 10th day of the 2nd month, 1672; [11] died 4th day of the 3rd Month, 1671.[12]

iii.        Samuel Prescott. Born 1674; married Esther Wheeler, 5 May 1698; and died 25 July 1758.

Jonathan Prescott and Elizabeth Hoar, his second wife, and six known children.[13]

iv.        Jonathan Prescott (Dr.). Born 5 April 1677; married Rebecca Bulkley, 9 July 1701; died 28 October 1729 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. For additional information about this family, please see 52 Ancestors, Week #31: Dr. Jonathan Prescott

v.        Elizabeth Prescott. Born 27 September 1678; married in Concord, 1 July 1696, John Fowle of Woburn. The couple was married by Justice Minott.[14]

vi.        Dorothy Prescott.  Born 31 March 1681;[15] married 14 July 1702, Edward Bulkeley. The couple resided in Weathersfield, Connecticut in 1748.

vii.        John Prescott. Born 13 May 1683; [16] died 28 January 1706.

viii.        Mary Prescott. Born 14 August 1685;[17] married, 16 April 1702, John Miles.

ix.        Benjamin Prescott (Rev.). Born 16 September 1687;[18] graduated at Harvard College in 1709; ordained at Salem Village (Danvers), 23 September 1713; died 28 May 1777.[19] He married three times. He married first, 20 October 1715; Elizabeth, daughter of John Higginson of Salem; married, second, 15 July 1732, Mercy, daughter of Rev. Henry Gibbs of Watertown; and, third, 6 October 1748, widow Mary (Pepperell) Frost Coleman (sister of Sir William Pepperell).

Future Research

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families.

Study Middlesex County Probate Records to locate additional family evidence.

 

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 42 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Henry S. Nourse, editor, The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643–1725 (1884 Reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993), 233 (hereinafter cited as Early Records of Lancaster).

[3] Early Records of Lancaster, 231.

[4] The Prescott Memorial, 42.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 42; and Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 52.

[6] The Prescott Memorial, 42.

[7] The Prescott Memorial, 42, and Early Records of Lancaster, 279.

[8] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[9] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[10] Early Records of Lancaster, 323.

[11] Early Records of Lancaster, 317.

[12] Early Records of Lancaster, 323.

[13] The Prescott Memorial, 46–47.

[14] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 42 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths);

[15] Born the 31st day of the 3rd month, 1681, Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 25.

[16] Born the 13th  day of the 5th month, 1683, Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 26.

[17] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 28.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 48.

[19] Shattuck, Lemuel, History of the Town of Concord; Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1832; and of the Adjoining Towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle (Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Company, 1835), 245 (hereinafter cited as History of the Town of Concord).

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Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #31: Dr. Jonathan Prescott

Doctor Jonathan Prescott, one of my sixth great grandfathers, resided in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where he was a physician.

South_91C36A_edJonathan Prescott. Born 5 April 1677, son of Jonathan Prescott and his second wife, Elizabeth Hoar;[1] married 9 July 1701 Rebecca Bulkley, daughter of Peter Bulkley; and he died, 28 October 1729 in Concord.[2] He was buried in the “South Burying Place” of Concord. [3]

Jonathan Prescott and Rebecca had eleven known children.[4]

i.      Jonathan Prescott. Born 3 June 1702; and married a woman named Mary.

ii.      Rebecca Prescott. Born 14 August 1704.

iii.      John Prescott (Dr.). Born 8 May 1707; graduated from Harvard College in 1727; and married Ann Lynde. John Prescott was a physician in Concord and died there in February, 1775.[5] He had five known children.

iv.      Peter Prescott. Born 17 April 1709; graduated from Harvard College in 1730 where he studied law; married a woman named Elizabeth in 1746/7; and died in 1784 at the age of 75.

v.      Charles Prescott (Col.). Born 15 august 1711; married, about 1736; Elizabeth Barrett; died 2 February 1779.

vi.      Elizabeth Prescott. Born 2 December 1713; and married, 24 June 1731; Rev. David Hall.

vii.        Dorothy Prescott. Born 13 May 1716; and died 5 July 1784.

viii.        Abel Prescott (Dr.). Born 7 April 1718; married, first, Abigail Brigham; married, second, 12 June 1775, Mrs. Mary Beaton; and died 26 October 1805, of mortification of the foot. For more about this family please see my blog 52 Ancestors, Week #30.

ix.        Mary Prescott. Born 3 July 1720.

x.        Lucia Prescott. Born 25 August 1723; and died 20 April 1725.

xi.        Benjamin Prescott. Born about 1724/5/ and was killed during the French and Indian War in May, 1745 while on an expedition.

Future Research

A list of deaths in French Prison Camps, 1757–1758 indicates that a Jonathan Prescott died while in France.[6] I need to determine whether this is the eldest son of Jonathan and Rebecca Prescott.

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families.

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 46 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[3] Tomb of Major Jonathan Prescott, South Burial Ground, Concord, Massachusetts, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[4] The Prescott Memorial, 50–51.

[5] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord; Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1832; and of the Adjoining Towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle (Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Company, 1835), 245.

[6] Frederick W. Wead, Esq., “Deaths in French Prison Camps, 1757–58,” The American Genealogist 25 :157.

 

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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #30: Dr. Abel Prescott of Concord, Massachusetts

Dr. Abel Prescott was one of my fifth great grandfathers. The family resided in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and greatly affected by the American Revolutionary War. At least two of Abel Prescott’s sons were directly involved in military actives of the Revolutionary War—Abel Prescott and Dr. Samuel Prescott.

At least two of Abel’s sons followed in his footsteps and became physicians—Dr. Samuel Prescott, and Dr. Benjamin Prescott.

Abel Prescott. Born 7 April 1718, son of Dr. Jonathan Prescott and Rebecca Bulkley; married, first, Abigail Brigham; married, second Mrs. Mary Beaton on 12 June 1775; and died 22 October 1805 of mortification of the foot.[1]

Abel Prescott and Abigail Brigham had eight known children.[2]

i.      John Prescott. See 52 Ancestors, Week #29, John Prescott

ii.      Benjamin (Dr.) Prescott. Born 4 April 1745;married Dorothy Wheeler in November 1768; [3] and died of paralysis 23 August 1830.[4] Wife, Dorothy who died 1 November 1829, preceded Dr. Prescott in death.[5] The couple had two known children: Benjamin and William.[6] He was a surgeon in Concord.

iii.      Abigail Prescott. Born 12 June 1747; married 25 September 1764, Ephraim Minot;[7] and died from lung fever, 27 February 1825.[8] The Minot’s had five known children: Abel, Abigail, George, Mary, and Laura.[9]

iv.      Abel Prescott. Born 12 April 1749; and died of dysentery, 3 September 1775. [10] Abel was wounded in the side by British fire on 19 April 1775. [11]

v.      Samuel (Dr.) Prescott. Born 19 August 1751. [12]

William Prescott relates the following story:[13]

“On his return from Lexington, in the night previous to the 19th of April, 1775, where he had spent the evening in paying his addresses to the daughter of a Mr. Mulliken, he soon overtook Paul Revere and Wm. Dawes on their way to Concord to alarm the people and apprise them of the intended expedition of the British soldiers upon Concord. When the three had arrived near Hartwell’s tavern in the lower bounds of Lincoln, they were attacked by four British officers of a scouting party sent out the preceding evening. Revere and Dawes were taken prisoners, Prescott was also attacked and had the reins of his horse’s bridle cut, but he succeeded in making his escape by jumping his horse over the wall; and, taking a circuitous route through Lincoln, he pushed on with the utmost speed to Concord, and gave the alarm of the approach of the British. He was subsequently taken prisoner on board of a privateer, and carried into Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he died in prison.”

     vi.      Dorothy Prescott. Born 27 July 1753;[14] and died 28 March 1754.[15]

vii.      Jonathan Prescott. Born 11 June 1755 and died, unmarried, 22 August 1810.[16]

viii.      Lucy Prescott. Born 24 April 1757;[17] married Jonathan Fay 6 December 1776; and died 10 October 1792 at the age of 34.[18] The Fays settled in Concord where they raised six children: Samuel, Lucy, Joanna, Sophia, Maria, and Abigail.[19]

Federal Census Records

The family of Dr. Abel Prescott was enumerated in Concord in 1790 with one male of sixteen years and upwards, one female, and one slave.[20]

In 1800, Abel was enumerated in Concord with a household of five—one male age ten through fifteen one male age sixteen through twenty-five; one male over forty-five [Abel]; one female age sixteen through twenty-five, and one female over forty-five [Abigail].[21]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 327 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths); and Alfred Sereno Hudson, The History of Concord, Massachusetts, Volume I: Colonial Concord (Concord, Massachusetts: The Erudite Press, 1904), 179.

[2] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 66–67 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[3] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[4] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 346.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 66; and Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 346.

[6] The Prescott Memorial, 88.

[7] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 215.

[8] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 342; and The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[9] The Prescott Memorial:, 88.

[10] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[11] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[12] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[13] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[14]  Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, xx; and The Prescott Memorial, 66

[15] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 436.

[16] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[17] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 421.

[19] The Prescott Memorial, 66, and 88–89.

[20] 1790 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 158; National Archives microfilm M637, reel 4; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005. This record is in rough alphabetical order according to the surname of the head of house, and should be considered a derivative record and not an original.

[21] 1800 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 1283 [stamped #4]; National Archives M32, reel 17; viewed at Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005.

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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #29: John Prescott of Concord, Massachusetts.

John Prescott was one of my fourth great grandfathers. He was of age to have served in the Revolutionary War with his brothers, Samuel and Abel. However, there were several John Prescotts that were involved during that conflict and more work needs to be done to sort them into their respective Prescott families.

John Prescott. Born on 23 Apr 1743; married Grace Potter, 22 January 1765, in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts;[1] died in Concord, 12 March 1821;[2] and was buried in South Burying Place, Concord.

Grace Potter, daughter of Samuel Potter and Elizabeth [–?–], was born, 10 August 1746 in Concord; and she died in Concord, 10 March 1827.[3]

John Prescott and Grace Potter had six known children all of whom were born in Concord, Massachusetts.[4]

i.      Jonathan Prescott. Born, 4 April 1767;[5] married Rebecca Meriam, 13 August 1789, in Concord; died on 13 April 1800; and was buried in South Burying Place in Concord.

ii.      Samuel Potter Prescott. Born, 19 March 1769.[6] – see blog 52 Ancestors, Week #28

iii.      John Prescott. Born, 27 September 1770;[7] and died from a small pox inoculation, October 1792.[8]

iv.      Abigail Prescott. Born, 30 September 1771.[9]

v.      Abel Prescott. Born, 23 February 1773;[10] married Mary Perry, in Westford, Middlesex County, 7 August 1796;[11] and died in Concord, 19 December 1821.

vi.      Grace Prescott. Born, 24 Jul 1774.[12]

Federal Census Records

The family of John Prescott was enumerated in Concord in 1790 with four males of sixteen years and upwards (his eldest son, Jonathan was married and residing away from his father’s home), and three females.[13]

In 1800, the John and his wife were residing in Concord with one female between the ages of twenty-six and forty-four.[14]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 221 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths).

[2] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 339.

[3] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 344.

[4] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 88.

[5] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[6] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[7] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[8] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 421.

[9] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[10] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[11] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 386.

[12] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[13] 1790 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 158; National Archives microfilm M637, reel 4; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005. This record is in rough alphabetical order according to the surname of the head of house, and should be considered a derivative record and not an original.

[14] 1800 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 1281 [stamped #8]; National Archives M32, reel 17; viewed at Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005.

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